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Small but growing band of cable operators trying to fight fire with fiber, says ABI Research

Inspired -- or alarmed -- by the rate at which telecom operators in many global markets are deploying fiber-to-the-...


July 26, 2006  


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Inspired — or alarmed — by the rate at which telecom operators in many global markets are deploying fiber-to-the-home networks, an increasing number of cable operators are doing the same, according to a recent study from ABI Research.

Selected operators in specific markets are starting to build fiber extensions to their core networks, allowing them to offer more interactive services and get around the limits of coaxial networks.

“On-demand environments for cable TV networks are not particularly robust compared to what the telecom operators can roll out,” says Michael Arden, principal broadband analyst at ABI Research.

“Looking to the future, some cable companies see fiber as a means to offer advanced video services that they are hard-pressed to provide today.”

Cable operators in the U.S. and parts of Canada, Western Europe, Japan and a few other regions have core networks that are fiber-rich already.

Extending the network to the home is a logical progression, adds Arden, but one that makes the best economic sense in new developments under construction where they would be constructing a coaxial network anyway, rather than in trying to retrofit older neighborhoods.